Don't demonise: we won't end child marriage by accusing parents who marry off their daughters

In the time it has taken to read this article 53 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 2 seconds

About the authors

Emily Janoch

Emily Janoch is Knowledge Manager for the CARE USA Gender and Empowerment team; Stephanie Lambert is Child Marriage Intern. As part of its poverty-fighting work around the world to support the rights of women and girls, CARE USA co-chairs the US chapter of Girls Not Brides, with our partners the International Center for Research on Women and the International Women’s Health Coalition. To learn more about CARE’s work ending child marriage, check out

Stephanie Lambert

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